Two Black Newspapers recently celebrated historic milestones. The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest Black newspaper in the United States hosted a gala on November 21st in honor of 125 years of continuous publication. Publisher Robert Bogle was joined by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball (who was the keynote speaker.) and more than 1200 guests. Other attendees included Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, Dr. Ivory Nelson, president of Lincoln University, and Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, president of Cheyney University. You can read more about the event here.
The Amsterdam News of New York City celebrated their 100th anniversary with a gala on November 28th and it was a glittering affair. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended to congratulate Publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum and; the entire staff of the for their commitment in covering the Black community. Other guests included Governor David Patterson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Congressman Charles Rangel. Plans are in the works to raise $1.5 million to digitize the archives of the newspaper ($850,000 has been raised so far).
Many thanks to Margot Jordon for the wonderful pics from The Amsterdam News Gala!
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